Bright Running Ahead

You guys.

I did it. I ran.

My PT cleared me to do a short steady state run finally. And it’s good timing too with a 5k on the docket for Saturday. So I ordered myself up some new shoes, threw some Sweat Pink laces into them, and headed out.


Only 2 miles, that’s all I was told to do so that’s all I did. Um, please don’t laugh at my pace. That is seriously the slowest steady state run I think I can ever remember running, especially for such a short distance. I mean, I was trying to keep it easy, but yeesh! My focus was to keep my average HR at 175 or lower.


dingdingding. Winner winner chicken dinner. Kind of high, but within my comfort zone, so it’s fine. Pretty much anything under 180 I can maintain. S’all good.

Did I mention I bought new shoes?

love my Zoot Ultra TT‘s and they were incredible to race all my triathlons in this summer. But I’ve been running in them since the spring and planned to retire them after FLT and get regular runners for the fall. But you better believe I am a believer in the Zoot’s for tri season. They will be my tri season shoes for life.

And before my Zoots I was running in Brooks Pure Flow 2. I liked my Brooks, I did. I wish I could say I loved them because they are definitely the cutest running shoes I’ve ever owned. But they gave me terrible, raging, horribly painful hot spots on my archs. So as much as I want to have all the hot pink Brooks, I cannot.

Back in May I raced the Rat Snake and broke a cardinal sin- I tired something new on race day. And if one could commit this sin, I did so in the highest of fashion. I raced 11.2 miles of the most technical, hilly, and flooded trails humanly possible in shoes I had never run in before. I was trying to save the life of my Brooks so I opted to race in a pair of Suacony’s I had won through a give away. Verdict? I LOVED THEM!

So I’ve kept that thought in the back of my brain since May and I knew when I was ready to break up with my Zoot’s I’d be buying another pair of Sauconys. Enter the Saucony Kinvara 4! Yes I went with the 4, yes I know the 5 is out, I like to not spend half my paycheck on shoes believe it or not.

Saucony Kinvara 4

They are fantastic! Lightest weight show I think I’ve ever owned. Great support, very comfy, very cute. Minimalist, zero drop, all that jazz. Bottom line- love them. I especially love the highlighter yellow and pink combo, because bright shoes definitely make you faster not really. I think I’m going to be very happy with these. Although don’t hold me to that yet. I’ve only run in them the one time so far.

So there it is. New shoes. Finally running again. Fingers crossed I don’t have my worst 5k time ever this weekend. Everything.

And one last awesome bit of news- is now giving 20% off your purchase when you use the code TRIGC14!!! So head over and buy yourself something nice!


Bright colors or neutral colors for running shoes?

What are you currently running in?


16 Replies to “Bright Running Ahead”

  1. Atta girl! You are running again….and in my favorite shoes. I refer to my Kinvaras as my “fast”shoes or my “happy” shoes. The reasons are obvious. Stay healthy Courtney and enjoy!

    1. You are totally right! I was looking at them when I typed that and it lists 0, 4, and 8 inside and the 4mm is highlighted. Quick glance fail!

  2. Yay! Awesome! So happy you are “back”! Don’t worry about the pace. You can run and that is all that matters! I know you must have been so excited to get the news from your PT!

    I love your new shoes…how cute! PLUS they are comfy for you to run in. Cute and comfy,,,double bonus! (My history has been more on the comfy side…). I am currently running in Mizuno Wave Inspire 10s. I have two pairs of these that I rotated when I was having to train long runs. They are different colors…one is gray and one is aqua. For IM, I put purple “no-tie” laces in my aqua shoes. Bright combination, but I love it!

    Congrats on again on getting the “go ahead” and go luck on your race this weekend!!
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    1. I’ve always been curious about the Mizuno Wave Inspires. I wanted them so badly when they first came out way back when and I have just never gotten around to trying them.

  3. YAY!!!!! So glad you’re up and running again! I wore the first incarnation of the Kinvaras and I loved them but couldn’t wear them for more than 15k as the toe box was a bit too narrow for my foot. I ended up using them for short races. I now wear Mizunos and I love them. I alternate between the Sayonara’s and the Wave Riders depending on what I’m training for. And bright colours all the way!!! Good luck this weekend.
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  4. Cheers to running again. I always get excited about running right after getting a new pair of shoes. Great timing for you. I know you are not at the pace that you would like to be, but at least you are out there starting somewhere after some time off. You’ll get it back!

    I am a fan of flashy shoes and run in the ombre pink and blue Brooks Glycerin.
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